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Call for Authors: The Social Science of War: An Encyclopedia

March 25, 2014 1507

Military scene on Trajan's ColumnThe story of social science and war is a long one, going back to the Roman military in the late second century BCE, when soldiers became the empire’s worst enemy, pillaging citizens and creating social turmoil. But it is a story that has not been amply told. A long list of reference works exists viewing war through the traditional lens of history and military science, emphasizing the big events, places, and people in wars across the ages.

Setting itself apart, The Social Science of War: An Encyclopedia will view war through a different lens—that of the social sciences. Rather than a roster of battles, equipment, and winners and losers, the causes, processes, and effects of war will be illuminated with a cross-disciplinary work drawing from anthropology, communication and mass media, economics, political science and law, psychology, sociology, and more. Featuring approximately 700 entries organized A-Z across four volumes, the encyclopedia will be available in a choice of electronic or print formats. Each 1,000-5,000 word article will be signed by the contributor. The general editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is sociologist Paul Joseph of Tufts University.

This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference. We are currently making assignments with a deadline of June 1, 2014. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with The Social Science of War: An Encyclopedia, please contact Mark Golson, the author manager for this project, here. Please provide a CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.


Sage, the parent of Social Science Space, is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access, and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, 24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, we are controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining our independence and mission indefinitely. 

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